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BVUSD Amends and Votes on Budget Advisory Committee and Superintendent Recommended Budget Cuts

Big Bear, CA, February 29, 2012, 3:00pm – Tuesday evening’s Special Board meeting of the Bear Valley Unified School District’s Board of Trustees was scheduled to discuss and vote on the budget recommendations suggested by the Budget Advisory Committee and Superintendent Kurt Madden with a goal of roughly $300k to eliminate from the school budget.  Several community members in attendance spoke on behalf of the line item that recommended eliminating the three part-time library clerks at each elementary school.  As 5th grader, Esther Lopez suggested, North Shore Elementary librarian Julie Nettlebeck “encourages you to read and everyone wants that, don’t you?”  With the District deficient spending one million dollars a year, continued severe budget cuts from Sacramento with more on the way, plans for a Parcel Tax to benefit our schools on the horizon for the voters of Big Bear and the need to find a solution sooner than later, there seems to be more questions than answers at this crossroads.  As Board President Randy Putz commented, as cuts get closer and closer to the bone, the cuts are all painful.  He continued to state that “we’ve received comments on every item we’ve talked about cutting and if we listen to any one person, we can’t make any cuts, but we have to”.  Additional questions arose in regards to a utility use reduction of $60k that would require an...

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BVUSD Special Workshop Tonight to Vote on BAC/Superintendent Recommended Cuts to Budget

Big Bear, February 28, 2012, 7:00am – The Bear Valley Unified School District’s Board of Trustees will meet tonight for a Special Board meeting at the District offices at 42271 Moonridge Road with the open session beginning at 5:30pm. The sole agenda item is for the board to vote on the Budget Advisory Committee and Superintendent Kurt Madden’s budget reduction recommendations as outlined at the last workshop meeting on February 24th. Items for consideration submitted by BAC include a reduction to transportation funding of $100k, $35k for part-time library clerks at the three elementary schools and a $60k utility reduce reduction. In addition to these suggestions, Mr. Madden is also recommending an $8k cut to the Student Attendance/Safety Officer position, a $115k reduction in district services, a $10k reduction to the deferred maintenance budget, a $10k cut to the maintenance and operations budget and a $5k reduction in fields maintenance for a total of $343k. Board meetings are open to the...

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BVUSD Board of Trustees Work to Identify School Budget Reductions

Big Bear, CA, February 27, 2012, 7:00am – Last Friday evening’s Special Board Workshop meeting of the Bear Valley Unified School District’s Board of Trustees continued discussion of the state’s budget crisis that has trickled down to our community and could greatly effect our children’s education.  How big of an impact that will be on the BVUSD budget is a moving target.  Walter Con, Director of Business Services, indicated in a 2nd interim discussion presentation, total budget cuts could potentially equate to almost $1.8 million dollars including the elimination of the cost of living adjustment funding as well as home to school transportation.  However, the Governor’s proposed state budget recommendations keep changing and one of the unknowns is what the outcome will be for the Governor’s proposed $7 billion dollar tax-initiative, Prop 98, that will be presented to voters on the November ballot.  Regardless, budget cuts have to be assumed with the possibility to restore reductions if possible.  Significant budget assumptions made include recommendations from the Budget Advisory Committee and Superintendent as well as employee concessions and reductions in force.  According to Con, the short-term goal is for a positive certification at the 2nd interim with the ultimate goal of eliminating deficient spending.  The 2nd interim report will be released on March 12th.  The District is currently spending about $1 million a year over budget and, thus, using reserve...

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BVUSD Approves Parcel Tax Consulting Agreement with TBWB Strategies

Big Bear, CA, February 9, 2012, 8:00am – Last night the Bear Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees met in a Special Board meeting to discuss one heavily weighted agenda item.  Board members reviewed a Parcel Tax Consulting Agreement presented by Charles Heath of TBWB Strategies, a political consulting firm.  Mr. Heath most recently outlaid the process and challenges for implementing a Parcel Tax in a meeting on February 6th.  At that meeting, Mr. Heath made the recommendation to the Board that our community be surveyed or polled to determine today’s opinions regarding implementing a Parcel Tax to help protect our schools financially from the State’s budget cuts.  Survey and tracking information from 2010 and 2011 was presented at last Monday’s meeting.  This Wednesday night’s discussion debated the value of paying for another survey as well as the overall cost of the TBWB Strategies agreement.  Superintendent Kurt Madden made a recommendation to the Board to approve the Parcel Tax Consulting Agreement, totaling $53,705 using District Fund 40 dollars and entering into an agreement with the firm.  District Fund 40 dollars can be used only for capitol expenses for one-time monies.  The $53,705 agreement breakdown consisted of an $18,750 base charge, $18,900 new survey, $10,655 for informational brochure costs, $2,400 for travel expenses for Mr. Heath as well as miscellaneous charges.  Many Board members expressed concern for committing to...

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BVUSD Learns More on How to Develop A Successful Parcel Tax Measure

Big Bear, CA, February 7, 2012, 5:00pm -The Bear Valley Unified School District’s Board of Trustees held a Special Board Workshop meeting Monday evening to learn more about what is needed in pursuing a Parcel Tax in the Big Bear Valley.  At a meeting on February 1st, the Board had agreed to move forward with a Parcel Tax election to help our School District fund our student’s education in light of dramatic budget cuts from Sacramento.  Political consultant, Charles Heath of TBWB Strategies outlaid that process for the Board and eighteen members of the public in attendance.  The inherent political challenges facing the implementation of a Parcel Tax, that would allow for school programs and services to be funded as outlined by our School District, were thoroughly discussed by Mr. Heath which included key strategies and election date considerations that the Board will need to make a decision on soon.  Mr. Heath is recommending a July 10th election day in the form of a mail ballot allowing for sufficient time to draft the measure, educate the community, organize supporters, establish committees and more.  Initial ballot testing, by way of surveys, were done in both 2010 and 2011.  Due to the current economic climate, Mr. Heath is recommending a new survey be completed to determine how the public would feel about a Parcel Tax measure this year since it’s difficult...

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